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Place- and Community-based Education: Definitions and Antecedents

The Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School in Roxbury exemplifies many of the ways that teachers who have adopted place-and community-based education deal with curriculum development, teaching, and school-community collaboration. Eleven or twelve years ago when we began speaking and writing about the potentialities of this approach, we spoke primarily in hypotheticals. Since then, we have learned of, studied, and on occasion helped create or reshape schools where teachers have begun to diminish the barriers between classrooms and the school grounds and communities that lie beyond them. In the past, students and teachers at the Young Achievers School would have been a rare exception; today they are part of a growing vanguard of educators and young people who are demonstrating a powerful way to construct formal learning and link it to life outside the classroom.